Labs-Eye View

Oracle has figured out what the IT industry loves and hates in the computer industry.

Oracle has figured out what the IT industry loves and hates in the computer industry. It hates debugging desktop operating systems and not having the right data at the right time. It loves some semblance of control and quick answers.

IFS is the companys answer to everything wrong with desktop computing. Having a database manage free-floating files is a great idea, but not one thats easily executed.

Oracles CEO, Larry Ellison, says hes committed to standards, and the companys record proves it. But Oracle can be slow adopting them, which Ellison blames on political shenanigans within the standards committees.

But thats no excuse for Oracle not totally adopting the LDAP directory standard that has been publicly available for years. IFS needs this standard to be an effective platform.

Its clear that IFS is brilliant and it could solve a lot of problems and save corporations a lot of money. But it has to work with everything else. Technology adoption is not based on the brilliance of an idea; its based on the capability of integration. Oracles got great ideas. Now it needs to figure out how they all work together.